Fouveaux Splash Down

The advent of the helicopter greatly lessened the problems Involved in ferrying goods and stores between ship and hostile shore. A role previously labouriously involving many hand and awkward cargoes. The helicopter changed all that, bringing speed and convenience to the operation. However, very occasionally, the sea can claim the contents of the sling following a mishap and, very infrequently, the helicopter itself. In the accompanying article Warren Russell, lighthouse keeper on Dog Island in Fouveaux Strait and an aviation historian of note, records the ditching and subsequent recovery of Hughes 500C ZK-HMU following such a ship to shore operation last April.

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